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Columbia Walmart Supercenter Grand Re-Opening today

Project will be showcased today by Walmart, Columbia/Adair County Chamber of Commerce and community leaders. At same time, visitors to the center will get first hand look at major new development in the entire Holladay Place/New Columbia development. - CM
Click on headline for complete story. To read the account, with photo(s) from the first Grand Opening October 8, 2008, almost nine years ago, see Columbia welcomes new Walmart Supercenter with eight photo(s) of notables - some now gone on, some now promoted, some who have grown so much.

By Lauren Schregardus, Wal-Mart

COLUMBIA, KY - Columbia residents will get their first look at the newly remodeled Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY, today, Friday, June 9, as the much-anticipated project is completed. Customers will enjoy the following store improvements:

  • State-of-the-art electronics department with interactive displays
  • Location of grocery items optimized for customer convenience; return of gluten-free section
  • New pharmacy concept with five registers for both drop off and pick up; new consultation/immunization room
  • Refrigerated dog and cat foods in pet department
  • Enhanced baby department with wider aisles and expanded selection of baby food, diapers and more
  • Hardware and automotive tools combined in one convenient location; expanded selection of generators, air compressors, tool boxes and more
  • Brighter lighting in new-look cosmetics department
  • Remodeled fitting rooms and upgrades to bathrooms
  • Walmart Pickup conveniently located near front of the store
"This remodel, along with our everyday low prices, represents our continued investment in Columbia and a step to ensure we're meeting its evolving needs," said Store Manager Sam Scharbrough. "Listening to customers and incorporating the products and kinds of experiences they want is what it means to be a store of the community."

The store will hold a grand reopening ribbon-cutting at 9amCT, Friday, June 9. Following the ceremony, vendors will provide samples and giveaways while supplies last.

Job Opportunities

At Walmart, associates have access to competitive wages, affordable benefits, and the chance to build a career. More than 75 percent of store management teams started as hourly associates and 40 percent of those promotions went to associates within the first year of their employment.

Committed to the Community

Walmart is committed to serving Columbia and will support local organizations through an approximate $5,500 investment in the coming months. This commitment is woven into Walmart's day-to-day business activities, creating value by accelerating job mobility, developing suppliers and small businesses, lowering the environmental footprint of the company's operations and more.

About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,593 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.4 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.


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Where everything is happening today



2017-06-16 - From Will Walker Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com(c).
From Will Walker Lane, at the entrance to Pinewood Shopping Center, a beehive of activity can be seen through the fog - even if one has to look triple hard to Kenneth& Earnestine Bennett's place high on the hill and Miss Vicky's Pampered Angus Ranch in Greater Bliss was nigh impossible to see. There's blacktopping at The Appliance Store across Burkesville Road and, out-of-frame on the right, a lot of paving work in Pinewood Shopping Center. The million gallon Raider Bob water tower gives one a Francis Scott Key moment, and almost dead-center is where a huge event is set to occur today, the Grand Re-Opening of the Columbia Walmart Super Center, where there ill be today, with a Ribbon Cutting at 9amCT. - EW

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At the Walmart ribbon cutting and grand re-opening



2017-06-16 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Columbia residents enjoyed getting their first look at the newly remodeled Walmart Supercenter at a grand reopening ribbon-cutting today. Store employees from this region as well as from Arkansas were joined by the Chamber of Commerce board for the official event. From left are Chamber representatives Sherry Selby and Linda Fitzpatrick; Walmart Associate Brenda Bennett; Chamber board member Ann Martin; Walmart Training Academy leader Robin Smith; Associates David Jessie, Jackie Graves, Carmella Mings, Steve Parson, Store Manager Sam Scarbrough, Vickie Clark and David Sharp; Chamber representatives Abe Cross, Ellen Zornes, Sue Stivers and Woody Sharpe. Following the ceremony were refreshments and vendors providing samples and giveaways.

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GSA troop 896 leads pledge at Walmart grand re-opening



2017-06-16 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Girl Scout troop 896 led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Walmart grand re-opening today after Veterans Jim Smallwood, left, and Orvis Grider, at right, presented colors. Store manager Sam Scarbrough, at the podium, pledged with the Troop. Girl Scouts, front row from left, are: Courtney Henson, Laramie Baldwin, McKinlee Stone, Brayleigh Hargrove, Braylynn Hargrove, Mariah Kelsey, Pixie Dial and Kantlee Harvey. Back row from left are: Halie Jeffries, Kelsey Wiley, and Keitha Lee. Girl Scout troop 896 meets weekly at 6pmCT and next week several girls will be attending Barren Ridge Girl Scout Camp near Lucas, KY.

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Preparing for Columbia Walmart Supercenter grand re-opening



2017-06-16 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Lauren Ollery, left, and Monica Mercer at right, put finishing touches on one of their displays before the grand re-opening. Monica is department manager of jewelry and intimates. She has worked a total of 14 years as a Walmart Associate in Somerset and in Columbia. Lauren, a jewelry sales associate, will soon be ending her five year career with Walmart now that she has finished a masters in social work degree at WKU and will be leaving to take a new job. This means her job will be open this summer.

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Steve Parson and Sam Scarbrough in new electronics area



2017-06-16 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Department manager Steve Parson, left, stands with store manager Sam Scarbrough, in the Walmart store section that has undergone the biggest change, the new state of the art electronics department with interactive displays. Click 'read more' below to discover all the additional changes to the store.

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Training Academy staff recognized at grand re-opening



2017-06-16 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
David Boggs, market manager, at the podium, brought the new Walmart Training Academy staff together at the grand re-opening of the store today and had words of praise for all they are doing. He said they are training employees from Louisville to Berea to Bowling and in between in this store selected because it's one of the best. From left are: Amanda Abbott, academy department manager; Robin Smith, academy coordinator; Tammy Hodson, academy training facilitator; Traci Stotts, academy facilitator one; Tammy Courtney, academy facilitator one; Riley Isenburg, academy department Manager; Tabith Harper, academy department Manager; Mindy Alexander, academy facilitator one; and Vickie Clark, academy training facilitator.

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Walmart manager and assistants recognized at ribbon cutting



2017-06-18 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
Walmart leadership was recognized at the grand re-opening this week. From left are: Crystal Bryant, Collin Jacobson, Dena Holt, Audrey Jones, store manager Sam Scharbrough, Hannah Streeval and Cameron Garmon.

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Tompkinsville Walmart's Regina Ballard given high praise



2017-06-18 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
David Boggs, Walmart market manager, at left, and store manager Sam Scharbrough gave high praise to Tompkinsville Store Associate Regina Ballard who they said had gone above and beyond to help the Columbia store meet its goals. Clicking 'read more' shares the details.

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Patriotic flower colors and flags at grand re-opening



2017-06-19 - Walmart Supercenter, 2988 Burkesville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
These beautiful flowers in patriotic colors were on display as Walmart held its grand re-opening Friday. Clicking 'read more' below takes you to the story with pictures of the event.

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